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Orange Spice Cookies

As I’m typing this there is snow on the ground outside, but when I baked these cookies last week the weather still vaguely resembled autumn and that was my inspiration for choosing them.  The recipe is courtesy of Laurie Sadowski and her recipe book “The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies“.  I picked up her book at “Canada’s Gluten-Free Market”, an expo on all things gluten-free back in June that was a riot of gluten-free-ness and a good deal of fun.

Thanks to Laurie’s allergy-free efforts the recipe didn’t call for any modifications on my part.  These cookies are not only gluten-free but dairy-free, nut-free, and contain no refined sugar.  This chalks them up alongside the Vegan Maple Nanaimo Bars for allergy-friendliness (though my current iteration of the nanaimo bars includes nuts) and I’m also happy to report that they’re right up there in the “delicious” and “don’t last very long once offered to people” categories as well.

Orange spice cookies

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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Baking

 

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

You have to go back to March to find a recipe here that doesn’t in some way involve chocolate.  I’m okay with that, it says I enjoy chocolate, which is very true.  That being said, in the spirit of variety here is a recipe that stands on its own just fine without a hint of chocolate.  The thanks this week go to Carol Clements’ “The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking“, which is a great all-purpose cookbook.

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Baking

 

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Chocolate Amaretti

For September’s first recipe I tried something a little different to my usual buttery drop cookies with a recipe from “The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Cookies” by Hilaire Walden.  These amaretti are almond flour cookies, thus implicitly gluten-free, and contain no butter.  By weight they are primarily made up of almond flour and sugar so they taste pretty good, too.  The ambitious part for me was beating egg whites for the base, generally one of the more delicate tasks in baking, but I’m happy to report that it worked out just fine and I wound up with some delightful cookies.

Amaretti on the cooling rack

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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Baking

 

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Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Back in April when I made the Double Chocolate Walnut Cookies from the “Best of Fine Cooking – Chocolate” 2006 edition of Fine Cooking magazine it occurred to me that those cookies would make a really good white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie. That quasi-tropical combination is one I’m always fond of but at the time I didn’t have white chocolate chips or macadamia nuts on hand.  When I went shopping for ingredients for this month’s White Chocolate Apricot Macadamia Cookies I bought a few too many of both white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and so the obvious thing to do was make some double chocolate macadamia cookies!

Double chocolate macadamia cookies

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Baking

 

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White Chocolate Apricot Macadamia Cookies

The first new recipe for August is courtesy of Natashia Bevilacqua at Food on Paper, all the way from Australia!  I originally found this recipe back in May when I was looking for something to do with apricots and white chocolate, which lead me to the White Chocolate Apricot Oatmeal Cookies.  Natashia’s Apricot, White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies have been on my to-bake list ever since, and I’m glad that I finally got around to making them!

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Baking

 

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Experimental Frozen Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Towards the end of May I baked some delightfully chewy, not overly sweet, Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies, courtesy of “The Clever Cook“, by Lucy Doncaster.  The first batch made a lot of cookies, roughly four dozen, but it wasn’t quite enough for what I was baking for.  Two full batches would’ve been far too many so on a whim I halved the second batch, put one half in the fridge to chill for an hour before baking, and put the other half in the freezer.

There are general rules to follow about freezing cookie dough with respect to what ingredients you should and shouldn’t freeze.  I don’t happen to know what those rules are, I just know that they’re out there, and I didn’t bother to look them up before freezing the Oat Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.  Thus, this became an experiment!

To prepare the dough for the freezer I formed it into a roll, imagining myself slicing off even portions and placing them straight onto a lined baking sheet, much like the pre-made cookie dough you can often find in the same aisle of the supermarket that has biscuits and other pastry dough in ready-to-go tubes.  I then carefully wrapped the roll in a couple of layers of plastic wrap, being mindful to push as much air out as possible, and popped it in the freezer.  Two months and a couple of days later I took the dough out and put it in the fridge to thaw for 48 hours before the unwrapping and baking began.

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Experimental

 

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Continuing on the theme of caramel after the Double Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies, this week’s recipe comes from Maria and Josh over at Two Peas and Their Pod.  I came across their recipe for Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies before making the butterscotch cookies, but I’d had some trouble finding caramel chips.  Butterscotch chips were not a problem, they were readily available at the supermarket alongside the chocolate chips, but caramel was nowhere to be found in my area and this is a disparity that I think needs serious correcting.  In lieu of buying larger caramels and chopping them into pieces I made the butterscotch cookies, which were superb in their own right, and tracked down the caramel chips at a Target as per Maria and Josh’s suggestion.  That is still so far the only place I have seen them so I stocked up because I am sure to make these cookies again.

Close-up of salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Baking

 

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Double Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

This week’s recipe is courtesy of Stephanie at Back for Seconds, where her Double Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies are a recent addition to a recipe collection packed with great ideas and some amazing photographs that will capture any chocolate lover’s attention.  You should definitely browse through her recipes, just give yourself plenty of time!

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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Baking

 

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Triple Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

It’s about time I posted up my favorite cookie recipe, which comes from Ellen Brown’s book, “Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies“.

Triple chocolate hazelnut cookies

There are a lot of reasons these cookies are my favorite.  First of all there’s the obvious “triple chocolate” part which implies that they are amazing, and they live up to this wholeheartedly.  On texture they’re very similar to the Chocolate Brownie Cookies and thus similarly walk that great line between cookie and brownie.  I don’t chop the hazelnuts particularly finely so you get a lot of satisfying crunch, and the chocolate flavor lingers so they are very satisfying.

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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Baking

 

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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

May is apparently oatmeal cookie month, at least for me!  I found this week’s recipe in “The Clever Cook“, by Lucy Doncaster, which is a wonderful cookbook that I can spend far too much time with just staring at the pictures.  So I though I’d make some of my own!

Oat chocolate chip cookies close-up

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Baking

 

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